Pepe le Moko

Paris, FR: Robert and Raymond Hakim / Paris Film, circa 1936. Draft script for the 1937 French film. An English-language version of the text issued by the Hakim brothers for use in the US. James M. Cain and John Howard Lawson adapted the story for a US film version in 1938, titled "Algiers," directed by John Cromwell and starring Charles Boyer and Hedy Lamarr.

A seminal noir antecedent, oddly produced by the French, who would go on to consider the Americans to be the inventors of the style.

White studio wrappers. Title page present, with name of producers Robert and Raymond Hakim rubber-stamped at the bottom right corner. 150 leaves, mimeograph. Pages and wrapper Very Good plus, with some spotting to the wrappers, first few leaves, and fore-edges, bound with a single silver metal clip.

Criterion 172. Hardy, The BFI Companion to Crime, pp. 256-257. Spicer, p. 455.


[Book #128046]

Price: $1,500.00